Excess & Amazon – A Guide to Some of My Favorite Orders of 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I’d like to call special attention to my Amazon.com addiction. In 2012, I’ve compiled 137 physical Amazon orders up from 106 in 2011 (Note: this doesn’t include Android App purchases, MP3 downloads or Kindle ebook purchases). Thankfully, I’m a member of Amazon Prime Student which gets me free two day shipping on all orders for only $39 a year. To say I get my money’s worth is an understatement like saying Adrian Peterson is a decent running back. Anyway, below are some of my better orders of the year.

Nyko Bluetooth Playpad – $29.99

Why is it awesome? Easy. Since I have an Android Tablet (Google Nexus 10), I purchased an app called Nes.Emu which allows me to play old school Nintendo games on the tablet. The problem is that it’s really hard to play tapping on the screen each time I want to hit the ‘A’ or ‘B’ button. That’s where the Nyko Bluetooth controller comes in. It’s not the greatest controller in the world, but I’ve been playing RBI Baseball like a champ and my finance’ has been tearing up Super Mario 3. This was definitely worth the $30.


Only the greatest game ever

Special K Cereal (Vanilla Almond) – $14-15 for a 4 Pack

Yes, I’ve taken to buying food off of Amazon… why you may ask? Well, a couple of reasons, first and foremost, it’s often times cheaper than going to the store. Secondly, they’ll deliver it to my house for free. In true Amazon fashion, the price of the cereal jumps around daily so they key similar to stock picking…. buy low. This is usually in the $14-15 range for a 4 pack.

Special K Cereal, Vanilla Almond, 17.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)


Candy Cigarettes – $7-8

As a child, I remember going to the drug store with my Grandpa and he would let us get the coolest candy. I remember getting bubble gum cigars, candy cigarettes or the gum that was rock-hard that came in Topps wax packs. Amazon somehow sells an entire case of candy cigarettes (24 packs) for $7-8 dollars. I saw these at the North Market in Columbus for a dollar a pack. Another thing I remember my grandpa buying for me (other than thousands and thousands of baseball cards) were the Clown Cones sold at Baskin Robbins. Note to self, make a 2013 resolution about trying to find out of Baskin Robbins still sells Clown Cones.

Candy Cigarettes


Pinball Lights – $3-8

The greatest thing that I own is an electro-mechanical pinball machine called Cross-Town built in 1966 and passed down from my dad. This actually warrants a dedicated post in the future to how awesome it is.  Anyway, since it’s an older machine that is totally mechanical, it’s hard to get parts and service so I was amazed when I went looking for light bulb replacements to find them on Amazon for super-cheap. This is the beauty of Amazon, they have nearly everything.

Eiko - 47 Mini Indicator Lamp - 6.3 Volt - 0.15 Amp - T3.25 Bulb - Miniature Bayonet Base - 10 Pack


Cast Iron Tea Pot – $30-40

After having a great dinner at Molly Woo’s at Polaris, my finance’ commented how she really liked the cast-iron tea pot that the restaurant used to serve tea. The waiter mentioned that they buy them from Teavania (now a Starbucks company). Since there was a location in the mall, we headed over after dinner only to find that the tea pot retailed for close to $130. A quick search on Amazon found nearly the same thing for $33. This made for a great birthday present for her.



If you have any great deals or highly recommended products, feel free to leave a note in the comments.

Potential Future Posts – Whiskey Balls, Xbox Game Reviews, More Weimaraner Pictures, Cross-Town Pinball

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